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Dev-Test Starts with IT: Cloud development and test environments

Dev-test in Azure is ideal for collaborative teams and gives you agile management over your environment.

Sixty-five percent of developers say it’s too complicated and time-consuming to get dev-test resources.* It doesn’t have to be.

This blog series will provide guidance on setting up dev-test environments with the help of the Microsoft cloud so you can get the most out of dev-test in minutes — not hours or days.


The pace and economics of creating consistent dev-test environments in the cloud contrast sharply against the traditional costs and challenges of physical environments.

Cloud resources offer speedy and cost-effective options that are easy to explore. For example, Microsoft Azure has everything you need to provision and manage a complete dev-test environment on your own terms. You can provision virtual machines in minutes, saving yourself days or even weeks. Spin up as many virtual machines as you need, network them and allocate to your developers. You can replicate real-world use scenarios and test at production scale to identify and resolve problems before you release — no more guessing.

Dev-test in Azure is also ideal for collaborative teams and gives you agile management over your environment. Real-time utilization data gives you visibility and control over computing resources and usage. Eliminate waste and make quick changes to set limits and control costs. With Azure’s pay-as-you-go services, you can scale up or down to match demand so you only pay for what you use.

Get the most out of your existing apps, skills and expertise with broad support for both Microsoft and open-source applications and operating systems. Use your preferred tools such as System Center or PowerShell scripting to make provisioning, deployment and management of your dev-test environments even easier in Azure.

Look for the next post in the Dev-Test Starts with IT series about resourcing your VMs for dev and test.

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*Source: Business Case for Test Environment Management Whitepaper, Cognizant